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Published on August 24th, 2015 | by Angie


Knitting for beginners: cast on with free tutorials

Are you a lifelong crocheter who wants to learn to knit, or a total yarn novice? Whatever your reason for wanting to learn, check out this knitting for beginners video tutorial roundup.


The kids are heading back to school, which means parents have a bit more time to learn new things for themselves. If you want to learn to knit, watch these videos to get the basics, and stay tuned for more free video tutorial roundups later in the week, right here on the blog.

First, you’ll need to know how to cast on your stitches.

This informative video from the knitting brains at Studio Knits is clear and concise and it will get you on your way to knitting in no time. There are many different methods to cast on, but the long tail cast on is the simplest and the most common – a great place to start for a beginner knitter.

Next, you’ll need to learn the knit stitch.

The knit stitch is used in every knitting pattern, so it’s an essential piece of the knitting puzzle. Don’t get discouraged, becoming a skilled and confident knitter takes time – but it’s definitely time well spent!

This video from Howcast is a perfect example of executing the knit stitch. In this video, she is knitting a garter stitch pattern – that means she knits all of the stitches, on every row. That creates this bumpy ridged fabric, called garter stitch.

And now, the purl stitch!

The purl stitch can trip up beginners on their quest to becoming a knitter. Never fear – check out this video to learn more.

We love this video from Purllinknitting – it makes the purl stitch really clear. In this video, she is knitting in a stockinette (also called stocking) stitch pattern. This means that you knit a row, purl a row, and repeat. That creates the flat, smooth fabric that you see in this video. Don’t worry – we’ll learn more about stitch patterns later this week!

How is your journey on your mission to learn how to knit? Tell us in the comments!

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Jack of all trades, Master of Netflix and video games. A musician by passion, a gamer by choice, and a crafter by chance: I write about knitting and crochet and design fun patterns!

Last updated: August 25th, 2015.

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